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Sunday, July 31, 2011


by Ed Shacklee

The newest crop of innocents denied
That virtue could beget the sin of pride.
When they proved too slow to waken,
Many liberties were taken,
Enslaving them to vices they’d defied.
In brothels, let a madam be your guide.

Ed Shacklee
is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 14 by 14, the Flea, the Raintown Review and Shot Glass Journal, among other places.